In Tamokdalen February 2012Saturday, May 5th, 2012 with Comments Off on In Tamokdalen February 2012

The ice climbing season starts to be over even in Northern Norway. In any case I realized that hadn’t written about the trip we made there last February. So her it is, along with a map and some images. In general the trip was… hmm… interesting. Along with good ice climbing and ski touring I […]

Taking a lead fall on iceSunday, March 4th, 2012 with 1 Comment »

I have always considered my self as a pretty careful ice climber. I try to put in protection pretty often and climb well within my abilities. It’s been years since I’ve taken a lead fall on ice. Then all of a sudden I took two couple of weeks ago, while climbing in Tamokdalen, Norway. Well, […]

Rjukan, ice climbers’ paradise?Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 with Comments Off on Rjukan, ice climbers’ paradise?

I was finally able to get my self to Rjukan; place which many people consider as a Mecca of ice climbing. We spent there the last full week of January and had a five full days of excellent climbing there. Truly an excellent way to spend a week. Picture above: That’s Lipton – WI7 Overview […]

Climbing in SpansdalenThursday, March 25th, 2010 with Comments Off on Climbing in Spansdalen

This year our annual Norway ice climbing trip with Jari directed to Spansdalen and was carried out during the first week of March. According to some accounts Spansdalen is an ice climbing heaven. Claim is not far from truth. There are dozens of multi-pitch routes along the valley. The climbs are generally higher and steeper […]

Climbing in Kåfjord valley NorwayTuesday, March 24th, 2009 with Comments Off on Climbing in Kåfjord valley Norway

It’s been over a week since we got back from Kåfjord Valley, Norway. My apologies for the delay with the report. Anyways, I have to say that climbing in Kåfjord were excellent. We had three days of climbing, one fall each day, highest climb roughly 340 meters and 8 pitches. It was kind of late […]

Finally heading to NorwayMonday, March 9th, 2009 with Comments Off on Finally heading to Norway

Finally it’s confirmed. We’re heading to Norway on Thursday with my friend Jari. We’ve allready geared for 15-20 Abalakovs, hundreds of meters of ice and four winter nights in a tent. Can’t really wait to get there. At some point our plan was to get our selves in to Skibotn valley and climb the Hourglass […]

The three most stupid (and potentially deadly) things I’ve done on the mountainsThursday, March 5th, 2009 with Comments Off on The three most stupid (and potentially deadly) things I’ve done on the mountains

During the last few weeks I’ve been writing an article about climbing in real mountain conditions as opposed to average Finnish ice climbing conditions. As a part of this process I just started to memorize all the stupid things I’ve done on the mountains. Trust me, there have been plenty of those, many of which […]

Last years trip to NorwayMonday, January 26th, 2009 with 1 Comment »

While I’ve been waiting to get the schedule of our this year’s “expedition” nailed down, I thought that it would be good time to refresh some of the good memories from the last years ice climbing “expedition”. Luckily it seems that this type of “expedition” with Jari is turning in to a yearly tradition.  During the trip we climbed three ice […]

Almost a serious accidentSaturday, January 17th, 2009 with 6 Comments »

Typically I’m fairly careful climber who tends to avoid unnecessary risks. Obviously there are times when everybody does something stupid, takes a risk he or she shouldn’t or makes a mistake. So far I have been pretty lucky. Apart from frequent burses due falling blocks of ice and one minor fall on ice protection (which […]